GRCC In the News, 10-26-17

GVSU, GRCC collaborate to host French film festival

Oct. 25, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU students newspaper)

People will soon have the opportunity to watch a collection of foreign movies when Grand Valley State University’s and Grand Rapids Community Colleges French programs host their 2nd annual Tournées Film Festival from Monday, Oct. 30, to Friday, Nov. 17.

Update on United Way campaign

An update on GRCC’s United Way campaign:

  • 37 donors have submitted their pledge forms (we have 639 employees who received a pledge form).
  • $10,125 pledged to date!
  • This includes three leadership givers (those who donate $1,000 or more) — we have two “returning” leadership givers and one new leadership giver. THANK YOU!

From a leadership giver at GRCC: “I give to make a difference. There are amazing programs in our community, all deserving our time and money. Through United Way, I am able to support the Literacy Center of West Michigan in bringing about a just and vibrant community through the power of literacy.”


Food drive, panel discussion to address issue of food insecurity

A College Action Project Team (CAP 1.3.6) has been formed to strengthen our systems to better support students with food and housing assistance. The team is hosting two upcoming events – a Food Drive from October 30 through November 13 and a Student Panel Discussion on November 2.

Holiday Season Food Drive — Monday, October 20, through November 13

GRCC has a student food pantry and six smaller snack pantries. The food pantry is available to any currently enrolled student and includes items like canned goods, dry pasta, peanut butter, etc. We also have six snack pantries around campus that stock grab-and-go items such as granola bars and easy mac. Our goal with the holiday food drive is to stock both the food pantry and snack pantries well.  Check out the list of needed items and drop-off locations and see how you can help!

Student Panel Discussion — Thursday, November 2, at 1 p.m. in 205/207 SCC

A 2017 GRCC graduate who completed research on food and housing insecurity will be facilitating a panel discussion with current GRCC students on the subject. This is an opportunity to hear directly from our students about their experiences and their peers’ experiences with hunger, housing insecurity and homelessness. Please also encourage students to attend.

We hope to see you next Thursday!

GRCC to host state volleyball championship; cross country team heads into regionals


The 2017 Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Volleyball State Championship Tournament will be hosted by the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) #3 ranked GRCC Volleyball team on Saturday, October 28, at the Ford Fieldhouse. The Raiders, who won the MCCAA Western Conference title with a perfect 16-0 (23-1 overall) mark will face Oakland Community College (23-8, 11-1 MCCAA-East) at 12 p.m. In the other semifinal, Mott Community College (26-5, 11-1 MCCAA-East) will play Muskegon Community College (22-14, 14-2 MCCAA-West) at 12 p.m. The winner of the two semifinal matches will face one another for the MCCAA State Championship at 2:30 p.m.

Regardless of the State Championship Tournament results, the Raiders have clinched the 2nd seed in next week’s NJCAA Region XII, District F Volleyball Tournament that will be held at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, MI. GRCC’s first match will be Thursday, November 2, at 6 p.m. The District F Volleyball Tournament will conclude on Saturday, November 4, with the winner of the tournament advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament in Charleston, West Virginia.

Cross Country

The GRCC Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Team travels to Lansing, MI, on Saturday, October 28, to participate in the NJCAA Region XII Championship. The 14th ranked Men’s Cross Country team looks to capture their first Regional title since the program’s rebirth four years ago. In order to do so, the Raiders will have to best Lansing Community College and Vincennes College (Ind.), the No. 1 and 2 teams in the region. For the Women’s team, they are coming off their best team performance of the season, winning their first race in the last four years. The Raiders will look to cement their position in the region by placing in the top ten on Saturday.

Nursing Department to present conference for survivors of suicide

For the 11th year, the Nursing Department, with its partners from West Michigan Survivors of Suicide, will be presenting a conference on the morning of November 18, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. This day has been established to support those who have lost a loved one to suicide and for caregivers to learn more about the impact of suicide and to explore ways suicide can be prevented.

This year, we will have a panel of survivors sharing the difficulties they have encountered and ways that they are finding paths toward healing. Following this panel, one of our graduates from the nursing program at GRCC, Chris Marshall, RN, will be sharing his reflections about the relationship that exists between suicide and substance misuse, from his employment at Pine Rest in the Redwood Unit.

At noon, a box lunch will be provided and the message from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention will be viewed. A member of the Core Team from GRCC’s Suicide Prevention group will outline the activities and goals accomplished during the first year of the grant from SAMSHA. There will be a brief memorial for survivors that will conclude the day’s events.

Advanced registration is encouraged, but registration will be possible from 8:30-9:00 a.m. on the morning of the conference as well. This event is free and we encourage anyone seeking more information about the event or to register to contact:,, or

Benefit Fair and Flu Shot Clinic is today

The Annual Benefit Fair and Flu Shot Clinic will be Thursday, October 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. -Sneden Hall Room 108.

Don’t forget to bring your BC/BS insurance card to receive a flu shot at no charge. Employees covered under the WMHIP- health plans must bring their BC/BS insurance cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf. The cost to GRCC staff will be $20 cash or check payable to “GRCC.” Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maria Belmares Herrera at ext-4052, Victoria Vicencion at ext-417 or Cathy Kubiak at ext-3971.

Be well, GRCC, at the Annual Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. When: Thursday, October 26th, 2017. Where: Sneden Hall -- 108 & 103. Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Employees and family members welcome. Play Benefit BINGO for your chance to win big prizes! Get your bingo card at the door and simply visit the vendor booths to receive your stamps. Once you complete a line on your card, you are eligible to win a raffle prize! Fall is Flu Shot season! GRCC employees can get a flu shot at the fair. Be sure to bring your insurance card or pay $20! Vendors at the fair. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, Pine Rest, Flex Administrators, Rx Optical, Lake Michigan Credit Union. Aflac, MEEMIC, United Way, GRCC Wellness and Development, VALIC, GLP & Associates, Legend Group.